Billboard has selected country star Shania Twain to be honored with the 2016 Women in Music ‘Icon’ award, which celebrates an artist whose historic contributions to the music industry establish them among the highest class of performers.
“Shania Twain is a groundbreaking artist whose successful country-pop crossover blazed the trail for a new generation of country stars like Taylor Swift, Billboard’s 2014 Woman of the Year, and Carrie Underwood,” said Janice Min, president and chief creative officer of The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group. “She’s fearless in her career, following her own path and pushing the boundaries of the country music genre as she creates music that has proven to be timeless. She is revered in the industry and we are honored to present the Icon award to her.”
Over the span of her career, Twain has earned four No. 1 albums on Top Country Albums, with 2002’s Up! also topping the Billboard 200. Her smash hit album Come On Over is the No. 1 country album of all time. The album also holds the record for the most weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart at 50 weeks.
During her 2012-2014 residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Twain performed her catalog of classics such as “You’re Still the One,” “That Don’t Impress Me Much,” “Any Man of Mine” and “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!” to rave reviews. When the five-time Grammy winner returned to touring after 11 years with the 2015 Rock This Country Tour, she grossed more than $65 million.
Billboard’s 11th annual Women in Music event will be held December 9th in New York City and will air via Lifetime on December 12th.